Ontario judge says C$50 billion tobacco suit can proceed

photoTORONTO (Reuters) – An Ontario judge has ruled that a C$50 billion ($48.82 billion) lawsuit against a group of 14 tobacco companies can proceed, after rejecting an application to dismiss the lawsuit by a group of seven companies. Canada’s most populous province launched the lawsuit in 2009, seeking past and ongoing healthcare costs borne by taxpayers due to tobacco-related illness since 1955. The decision was announced by the Ontario attorney general on Friday. …